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Updated: 5/26/16 10:29 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Ben Simmons

  1. Philadelphia | Ben Simmons | 6-10 | 240 | SF/PF | LSU | 19

After 3 straight lotteries as a bridesmaid, the Sixers finally own the elusive #1 overall pick. They have have have to take Simmons. Straight up best player in this draft. Only question now is who do they trade, Noel, Okafor, or Embiid. Brett Brown will find a way to get Simmons and Saric equal PT.
Brandon Ingram

  2. *LA Lakers | Brandon Ingram | 6-9 | 195 | SF | Duke | 18

The race for #1 overall is closer than most people think. The Lakers will take whoever Philly passes on between Simmons and Ingram. Needs to put on weight, but if he can harness his unique combination of size and athleticism, he could make for a solid transition to the NBA as a modern wing. Make the transition away from Kobe a little easier.
Jamal Murray

  3. *Boston | Jamal Murray | 6-4 | 205 | PG/SG | Kentucky | 19

One of the best shooters in the draft, especially coming off screens, which is a huge advantage. Obviously, Thibs' most successful years in Chicago were when D Rose was his PG. He could make finding a playmaker to compliment the Wolves' Big 3 of Wiggins, KAT, and LaVine a priority.
Jaylen Brown

  4. Phoenix | Jaylen Brown | 6-6 | 225 | SG/SF | California | 19

Dude is really raw but you can't deny his potential. Gives the Suns the flexibility to play small ball with their bevy of PGs. Will have to be brought along slowly but it's not like Phoenix is expecting to compete for a championship next season.
Domantas Sabonis

  5. *Minnesota | Domantas Sabonis | 6-10 | 240 | PF/C | Gonzaga | 20

The rebounding, toughness, and savvy of Sabonis are hard to deny. Should be able to come in and be a plus rebounder, at minimum, right away. Has great touch and smarts around the rim and ability to add a mid range jumper. Arvydas's son which means he's been around the game his whole life.
Buddy Hield

  6. New Orleans | Buddy Hield | 6-5 | 215 | SG | Oklahoma | 22

Buddy Hield was been one of the best players in the country so far and is my pick for NPOY award. Averaged 26.6 PPG for the Sooners. With Eric Gordon an oft-injured free agent, Buddy could come in and make an immediate impact as The Brow's sidekick.
Dragan Bender

  7. *Denver | Dragan Bender | 7-0 | 220 | PF | Croatia | 18

Huge wild card, but the uncertainty after the drafts top 2 helps him go early. He's got a bit of a Jan Vesely feel, which is scary, but I feel the Nuggets would love his size and potential and go for another talented (but raw) international player at #7 overall for the second straight year.
Timothe Luwawu

  8. *Sacramento | Timothe Luwawu | 6-7 | 195 | SG/SF | France | 21

One of my favorite international players in this draft. Luwawu could come into the NBA right away and contribute. Could have a Harrison Barnes/Jae Crowder type impact down the road. The disaster of the George Karl era is over is Sactown, and the Dave Joerger regime could shake things up with their first draft pick.
Stephen Zimmerman

  9. *Toronto | Stephen Zimmerman | 6-11 | 235 | PF/C | UNLV | 19

Zimmerman definitely has some tools to become a solid player at the next level from what I've seen so far. He could definitely crack the lottery. Bismack has been a nice surprise and is literally keeping Toronto's Finals hopes alive, but they could use more frontcourt depth behind Joey V.
Kris Dunn

  10. Milwaukee | Kris Dunn | 6-4 | 220 | PG | Providence | 22

Dunn is hands down the most talented PG in this draft and should be an early 2017 ROY candidate. He'd be a potential upgrade over MCW, who has struggled in Milwaukee, and the Bucks get a steal here as Dunn could possibly go top 5 as well.
Skal Labissiere

  11. Orlando | Skal Labissiere | 7-0 | 215 | PF/C | Kentucky | 20

Could be a very nice big with offensive versatility and size...or a useless waste of space. If any team can get Skal to reach his potential (projected #2 overall pick last July), it's the Spurs. Duncan may have played his last game and Boban is a free agent.
Jakob Poeltl

  12. Utah | Jakob Poeltl | 7-1 | 240 | C | Utah | 20

Considered a shot blocking specialist at the start of the season, Poeltl added an offensive game to his arsenal this season. My Jazz could use a legit backup for Gobert, and Poeltl is already a fan favorite in Salt Lake City from his time in college.
Henry Ellenson

  13. *Phoenix | Henry Ellenson | 6-11 | 245 | PF/C | Marquette | 19

Ellenson has some nice post moves and an improving outside shot. He's being talked about as a potential lottery pick, but I've never been a big fan. The Magic are a solid team on the cusp of the playoffs in the weaker Eastern Conference and can afford to go BPA with this pick.
Furkan Korkmaz

  14. Chicago | Furkan Korkmaz | 6-7 | 175 | SG | Turkey | 18

Korkmaz is an excellent shooter who shot 45% from 3 point range at U19s. Masai Ujiri has proven he won't shy away from a bold move on draft day. The Raptors were given no shot to win the ECF but have fought back to make it a 2-2 even series, and are deep enough to wait on Korkmaz. DeMar DeRozan is a free agent and will attract many suitors come July.
Denzel Valentine

  15. *Denver | Denzel Valentine | 6-5 | 210 | SG/SF | Michigan St. | 22

Valentine should be able to fit into just about any bench unit as a secondary playmaker. Should have a long career as a productive role player. That's what his home state Pistons need, players to space the floor and create open shots, a trademark of SVG's during his time with the Magic.
Ante Zizic

  16. *Boston | Ante Zizic | 6-11 | 230 | C | Croatia | 19

The ghost of Sam Hinkie still haunts the halls of the Sixers' front office.
Demetrius Jackson

  17. Memphis | Demetrius Jackson | 6-1 | 195 | PG | Notre Dame | 21

Jackson has shown the ability to be a big shot maker with decent playmaking skills. Could have himself a nice career as a lead guard off the bench. The Grizz add a little insurance behind Mike Conley, Jr.
Malik Beasley

  18. Detroit | Malik Beasley | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Florida St. | 19

Slick shooter with good athleticism to use in the open court and on defense. Doesn't look to be much of a playmaker at this point but he's a shot maker who could carve out a nice career. Monta Ellis was the Pacers' third leading scorer this past season. That cannot happen again.
Dejounte Murray

  19. *Denver | Dejounte Murray | 6-5 | 170 | PG/SG | Washington | 19

This kid came out of nowhere to become a potential lottery pick so he quickly signed an agent and could rise to that range as draft season goes on. D Rose appears doomed to play the rest of his career as a shell of his former self, so here is a young promising protege to groom behind the former MVP.
Zhou Qi

  20. Indiana | Zhou Qi | 7-2 | 215 | C | China | 20

A likely draft-and-stash who's one of the hot new names among international players who could crack the first round. The rebuilding Nuggets just need to stockpile young talent. They'd keep Zhou in China for a bit as they have solid depth at center with Jokic & Nurkic.
Diamond Stone

  21. Atlanta | Diamond Stone | 6-10 | 255 | C | Maryland | 19

The Hawks' rebounding numbers were atrocious last season. They may like Stone as a young protege to Al Horford. At only 18, he is a project, but his size and potential are worth the risk for a solid playoff team like Atlanta.
Malachi Richardson

  22. Charlotte | Malachi Richardson | 6-6 | 200 | SG | Syracuse | 20

Can do quite a few things well, but still getting a feel for the game. Reportedly received a first round promise which is why he hired an agent. More young depth for the rebuilding Nuggets.
Deyonta Davis

  23. Boston | Deyonta Davis | 6-10 | 240 | PF/C | Michigan St. | 19

Shot blockers are at a premium in this draft. Davis provides nice depth there as well as upside in other areas. The Suns attempt to replace Markieff Morris with the pick they acquired when they traded him to DC.
Wade Baldwin

  24. *Philadelphia | Wade Baldwin | 6-4 | 200 | PG/SG | Vanderbilt | 20

A bit of a wild card on when he'll get drafted, but I'm starting to warm up to Baldwin as a potential lottery pick. He has great length, with good athleticism and shooting ability. He's still got some work to do as a floor general, but shows great 2-way potential.
Thon Maker

  25. LA Clippers | Thon Maker | 7-1 | 215 | PF/C | Australia | 19

I have a gut feeling some team in the lottery will pull the trigger on this prep school YouTube sensation. It will be interesting to see where he ends up and how that team helps him adjust to the NBA level. Could form a Twin Towers frontcourt with AD in NoLa. Ryan Anderson is a FA.
Juan Hernangomez

  26. *Philadelphia | Juan Hernangomez | 6-9 | 225 | PF | Spain | 20

Brings a faceup 4 skill set to the league and a mobile defender.
DeAndre Bembry

  27. Toronto | DeAndre Bembry | 6-5 | 205 | SG/SF | St. Joseph's | 21

A steady riser here in the draft process who could find his way firmly in first round consideration. Nicolas Batum & Courtney Lee are both free agents this summer. The Hornets could draft a young wing and keep one of those two around to mentor him for a few years.
Brice Johnson

  28. *Phoenix | Brice Johnson | 6-10 | 210 | PF | North Carolina | 21

Brice Johnson had a breakout season for the Heels, highlighted by his double-double against Florida State, and regained his first round stock. Once again the Spurs land a huge steal on draft day, as Johnson could easily be a lottery pick.
Pascal Siakam

  29. San Antonio | Pascal Siakam | 6-9 | 230 | PF | New Mexico St. | 22

One of my 2016 NBA Draft sleepers. Could be worth a 2nd round flyer.
Cheick Diallo

  30. Golden St. | Cheick Diallo | 6-9 | 220 | PF/C | Kansas | 19

At this point, like last season, the Warriors will end up drafting whoever they like at their draft position. Diallo is showing some of his potential after being ruled ineligible for most of last season. Festus Ezeli is a free agent, so he fills a depth need too.
Erikas Kubilius

  31. *Boston | Erikas Kubilius | 6-4 | 205 | SG | Lithuania | 21

Marquese Chriss

  32. LA Lakers | Marquese Chriss | 6-10 | 235 | PF | Washington | 18

Great athleticism, shot blocking ability, and shooting potential for Chriss, but a major gamble with his slight frame, inexperience, and rebounding struggles. Ujiri rolls the dice again. Bismack has been a nice surprise and is literally keeping Toronto's Finals hopes alive, but they could use more frontcourt depth behind Joey V.
Tyler Ulis

  33. *LA Clippers | Tyler Ulis | 5-10 | 150 | PG | Kentucky | 20

Came up big for the young Kentucky Wildcats throughout the SEC Tournament and the Big Dance. Put himself into first round consideration. CP3's injury should be a red flag to the Clips that they should start grooming a replacement. Ulis will be a solid backup PG at the next level.
Taurean Prince

  34. Phoenix | Taurean Prince | 6-8 | 220 | SF | Baylor | 21

Ideal tools and physique for an NBA player, a strong, mature frame with the ability to play above the rim. He's a capable outside shooter whose shooting stroke should translate well to the NBA. Not a great ballhandler or shot creator, and will excel in the NBA as a role player.
Ben Bentil

  35. *Boston | Ben Bentil | 6-8 | 230 | PF | Providence | 21

As a Xavier fan I've watched a lot of Big East hoops this season and yeah, Bentil might get a 2nd round flyer and Summer League invite at least. Teammate Kris Dunn's performance overshadowed his 21.1ppg.
Michael Gbinije

  36. *Milwaukee | Michael Gbinije | 6-7 | 205 | SG/SF | Syracuse | 23

Kahlil Felder

  37. *Houston | Kahlil Felder | 5-9 | 175 | PG | Oakland |

I love this kid! Had a killer season for the Oakland Grizzlies that went largely unnoticed by the NBA. I'd love to see him sneak into the late first round. Has the potential to make an Isaiah Thomas-type impact in the League.
Ivica Zubac

  38. Milwaukee | Ivica Zubac | 7-0 | 245 | C | Croatia | 19

Draft-and-stash
Anthony Barber

  39. *New Orleans | Anthony Barber | 6-3 | 175 | PG | NC State | 21

Someone to push MCW. Cat Barber averaged 23.5 PPG for NC State and has emerged as a legitimate pick in the 20-40 range.
Damian Jones

  40. *New Orleans | Damian Jones | 6-11 | 245 | C | Vanderbilt | 20

The Lakers get a center to pair with Julius Randle in their frontcourt of the future.
Caris LeVert

  41. Orlando | Caris LeVert | 6-7 | 190 | SG | Michigan | 21

Injury concerns and supbar end to his college career could drop him out of the first round and make him a 2nd round flyer for a team.
Paul Zipser

  42. Utah | Paul Zipser | 6-8 | 210 | SF | Germany | 22

Not sure what the Clippers will do at this point because they failed to move Blake or DeAndre at the deadline. It's possible that they could wait and gauge trade interest in Blake during free agency and go draft-and-stash in the first round.
Guerschon Yabusele

  43. Houston | Guerschon Yabusele | 6-8 | 260 | PF | France | 20

The Suns go with another international player. A bruiser around the rim with long arms and athletic, chiseled build. Strong inside game and improving outside shot. Should fit in as a modern NBA PF when he comes over.
Patrick McCaw

  44. *Atlanta | Patrick McCaw | 6-6 | 180 | SG | UNLV | 20

Nicolas Batum & Courtney Lee are both free agents this summer. The Hornets could draft a young wing and keep one of those two around to mentor him for a few years.
Jonathan Jeanne

  45. *Boston | Jonathan Jeanne | 7-2 | 210 | PF/C | France | 18

Draft-and-stash. This kid is really young and raw but at 7'2" he has the one thing you can't teach at the NBA level. Gobert 2.0?
  46. *Dallas
Nedim Buza

  47. *Orlando | Nedim Buza | 6-8 | 200 | SF | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 21

Igor Ibaka

  48. *Chicago | Igor Ibaka | 6-9 | 240 | PF | Oklahoma State | 23

Younger brother of Serge Ibaka. The Magic have solid depth at every position, but at the 4 Channing Frye will start declining eventually. Who knows, maybe he has a shred of his brother's talent and can find a way into the League.
Ivan Bojanic

  49. Detroit | Ivan Bojanic | 6-10 | 220 | C | Serbia | 19

Ron Baker

  50. Indiana | Ron Baker | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Wichita State | 23

Ron Baker could end up finding a role in the NBA as a team's offensive specialist off the bench. Another 4-year player who I can see finding a role in the League.
Robert Carter

  51. *Boston | Robert Carter | 6-8 | 250 | PF | Maryland | 22

Tim Quarterman

  52. *Utah | Tim Quarterman | 6-6 | 190 | SG | LSU | 21

The Grizzlies need more shooters in their backcourt.
Till Pape

  53. *Denver | Till Pape | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Germany | 18

Ryan Anderson

  54. Atlanta | Ryan Anderson | 6-9 | 235 | PF | Arizona | 23

Wayne Selden

  55. *Brooklyn | Wayne Selden | 6-5 | 230 | SG | Kansas | 21

Wayne Selden will never be a star in the NBA, but the Magic can afford to go BPA with this pick as well. Depth behind Victor Oladipo.
Tomas Rimsa

  56. *Denver | Tomas Rimsa | 6-10 | 215 | C | Lithuania | 20

AJ Hammons

  57. *Memphis | AJ Hammons | 7-0 | 260 | C | Purdue | 23

Sleeper first round pick. Had a solid career at Purdue. Could be a solid career long backup for a contender.
  58. *Boston
Isaia Cordinier

  59. *Sacramento | Isaia Cordinier | 6-5 | 180 | SG | France | 19

Marcus Paige

  60. *Utah | Marcus Paige | 6-2 | 165 | PG | North Carolina | 22

Marcus Paige is one of those 2nd round prospects who I just want to see get drafted.